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The Truth About Being 40

Lindsey Mead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Forty has answered many -- most? -- of the big questions that haunted my young adulthood. Forty is about embracing the reality that those answers have built.

Why I Stopped Waiting

Susannah Lewis | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

We wait for a holiday, a vacation, a break, a change. We sigh, we tap our foot, we moan about long lines, days of the week, seconds on the clock. We wait and we wait, and we don't realize that in the grand scheme of things, all of this slow waiting is hiding the fact that time is flying.

Overcoming Adversity, a Step at a Time

Jay Scott | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Jay Scott

What does taking a single step mean to you? Did you walk to work this morning, or simply walk to the car to drive to work? Did you walk to the kitchen to grab coffee or take the dog for a walk around the block?

9 Baby 'Lasts' I'll Miss (And Also Celebrate)

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

These lasts are usually unexpected and often not even noticed until they're long gone. Then, you might mourn these little moments that made your baby a baby.

Learning to Fly

Kristin Shaw | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Kristin Shaw

Our parents saw us off from Angie's driveway, and we waved until we couldn't see their faces anymore. Armed with travelers' checks, cash, maps, snacks and the best mix tapes we could create, we headed east.

Parenting Milestone: The Day My Son Threw His First Hadoken

Zach Rosenberg | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents
Zach Rosenberg

I don't remember when my son started eating solid foods. I'm not entirely sure when it was that my son took his first steps. And sure, I guess I remember his first day at preschool. But by far, the most memorable milestone he's had so far was throwing his first Hadoken.

5 Things You Happily Stop Doing By the Age of 40

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Morgan-Beckett

It doesn't get any more grown-up than 40. But I found that, with this realization, my shoulders noticeably dropped. I don't have to try so hard to be in the know. There's a freedom in becoming a bit of an old fart.

When You Think He's Forgotten You

Jamie Krug | Posted 09.12.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

You round a corner and you are here. And you begin to cry a little when you realize that it will not be fancy and there will be no amuse bouche and most certainly no Michelin star chef and that you are supremely overdressed. And it could not be more perfect.

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When Max walks, says a word, feeds himself, picks up an object, uses his pointer finger, reads a word, writes his name, climbs the stairs, goes to the bathroom or uses his iPad speech app, I'll suddenly be filled with gratitude that he is able to do what he does. I take none of it for granted.

The Moments That Make Me Want to Hit 'Pause'

Carrie Kenny | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

I've accepted all of the milestones and markers that "growing up" bring. I've photographed them, saved them in plastic tubs, rejoiced over some and cried over others. But for some reason, this birthday just hits me harder than most.

A Little Older, and Maybe Wiser

Yasmina Zaidman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Yasmina Zaidman

Some women dread turning 40, and some insist that it just doesn't matter to them, they're totally over it. Well, I am neither indifferent nor depressed about this birthday. But it means a lot to me.

And Now We're Solid... Solid As a Food

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

You wait for these big milestones. You read books about them. It's exciting. You write about them in the baby book... three months later, when you actually find it. But with my second child, I see these milestones as lightning-fast speedballs that mean my squish ball is growing up.

A Dreaded Day

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Rich Siegel

Truth is, I'd empty half the bank account -- not the whole thing, cause I don't want to end up in a dirty nursing home -- to relive any part of what is now just a memory.

30 Reasons To Embrace 30

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.14.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. Instead of dwelling on the potential downsides of turning the Big 3-0, I made a conscious decision to do the opposite.

How My Son Changed My Sense of Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I should have been happy, sweetly satisfied that day, at that moment. It should have felt like a celebration -- something to look forward to. If only I could stop myself from looking back, from feeling those feelings from that exact day four years earlier washing over me at random intervals.

30-Something, 30-Everything. Cheers to the Big 3-0!

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.11.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

And so it is: I am officially 30 years young. Yes, I use the word young instead of old, contrary to my previous belief that once I turned the big 3-0, life as I had known it prior to this milestone would never be the same again. Period.

A Parenting Moment You Will Never Forget

Raluca State | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Raluca State

It's a moment I hope you never forget. The moment you achieved something that seemed far greater than you. Something that scared you and excited you at the same time.

What's in a Name?

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

In infancy, we cocoon them in footie-pajamas. We feed them Cheerios one by one to prevent choking. We cut hot dogs and grapes into tiny pieces, conscientiously. We celebrate each success, giddy when they walk and talk, dusting them off carefully when they tumble.

The Best Milestone Birthday Celebration A Man Could Have

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

The restaurant is crowded, unusually so for a Tuesday night. The waitress lets the specials roll off her tongue as she does on any other night, and we pretend to listen even though we've all chosen our main courses already.

Melting Icicles

Amanda Magee | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I'm trying so hard to support their evolution, but some days it feels like holding icicles in my hand. I am so tender, careful not to squeeze too hard or bend them in ways they aren't meant to go, but it's out of control.

22 Unexpected Gifts Of Having Twins

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Holding a baby is delicious -- but holding your two infants at the same time is nothing short of a miracle.

20 Things I Miss About My Twenties

Danny Rubin | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

Out too late partying mid-week at 23? Typical young person. Hungover on a Wednesday in my 30s? Get it together, buddy.

Why I'll Throw a Party When My Daughter Becomes a Woman

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Some people say you become a woman when you become a mom. That is true, I think, but I became a woman much sooner than that.